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The second book from critically acclaimed author Leslie C. Youngblood, about family, identity, and learning to stand up for what's right -- now in paperback!   Georgie has no idea what to expect when she, Mama, and Peaches are plopped down in the middle of small town USA--aka Bogalusa, Louisiana--where Mama grew up and Great Aunt Vie needs constant care.   Georgie wants to hel The second book from critically acclaimed author Leslie C. Youngblood, about family, identity, and learning to stand up for what's right -- now in paperback!   Georgie has no idea what to expect when she, Mama, and Peaches are plopped down in the middle of small town USA--aka Bogalusa, Louisiana--where Mama grew up and Great Aunt Vie needs constant care.   Georgie wants to help out at the once famous family diner that served celebrities like the Jackson 5 and the Supremes, but everyone is too busy to show her the ropes and Mama is treating her like a baby, not letting her leave her sight. When she finally gets permission to leave on her own, Georgie makes friends with Markie--a foster kid who'd been under Aunt Elvie's care--who has a limb difference and a huge attitude.   Then Markie asks Georgie to help her find her mom, and suddenly summer has a real purpose. But as Georgie and Markie's histories begin to entwine, Georgie becomes more desperate to find the truth. But words spoken cannot be taken back and once Georgie knows the truth, she may even find a way to right past wrongs and help Aunt Vie and Markie out after all.


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The second book from critically acclaimed author Leslie C. Youngblood, about family, identity, and learning to stand up for what's right -- now in paperback!   Georgie has no idea what to expect when she, Mama, and Peaches are plopped down in the middle of small town USA--aka Bogalusa, Louisiana--where Mama grew up and Great Aunt Vie needs constant care.   Georgie wants to hel The second book from critically acclaimed author Leslie C. Youngblood, about family, identity, and learning to stand up for what's right -- now in paperback!   Georgie has no idea what to expect when she, Mama, and Peaches are plopped down in the middle of small town USA--aka Bogalusa, Louisiana--where Mama grew up and Great Aunt Vie needs constant care.   Georgie wants to help out at the once famous family diner that served celebrities like the Jackson 5 and the Supremes, but everyone is too busy to show her the ropes and Mama is treating her like a baby, not letting her leave her sight. When she finally gets permission to leave on her own, Georgie makes friends with Markie--a foster kid who'd been under Aunt Elvie's care--who has a limb difference and a huge attitude.   Then Markie asks Georgie to help her find her mom, and suddenly summer has a real purpose. But as Georgie and Markie's histories begin to entwine, Georgie becomes more desperate to find the truth. But words spoken cannot be taken back and once Georgie knows the truth, she may even find a way to right past wrongs and help Aunt Vie and Markie out after all.

30 review for Forever This Summer

  1. 4 out of 5

    Tina

    This is a middle grade book that has so much important things in it, and this is the second book in the Love Like Sky series. I have not read the first book in this book series. This is a heart felt story that shows that young kids can change and bring people together. The characters just are so great in this book. This book storyline is driven by the characters in this books. I also love the writing in this book. This was a cute and fun book to read. I think so many young kids will enjoy and le This is a middle grade book that has so much important things in it, and this is the second book in the Love Like Sky series. I have not read the first book in this book series. This is a heart felt story that shows that young kids can change and bring people together. The characters just are so great in this book. This book storyline is driven by the characters in this books. I also love the writing in this book. This was a cute and fun book to read. I think so many young kids will enjoy and learn so much for this book. I was kindly provided an e-copy of this book by the publisher (Little, Brown Books for Young Readers) or author (Leslie C. Youngblood) via NetGalley, so I can give honest review about how I feel about this book. I want to send a big Thank you to them for that.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Belles Middle Grade Library

    Wow! Another absolutely heartwarming, gripping, moving story! I’m so in love with these characters! Can’t say much since this is book 2, but we get a change of scenery, & go to a small town in Louisiana. We’re visiting an Aunt who has Alzheimer’s. Georgie’s other Aunts, & Grandma are there too. They’re helping with the aunt who is sick, & with her diner. Georgie makes a friend at the diner, & she has a mystery to help solve. All while trying to do her part to help her aunt(& keep out of the trou Wow! Another absolutely heartwarming, gripping, moving story! I’m so in love with these characters! Can’t say much since this is book 2, but we get a change of scenery, & go to a small town in Louisiana. We’re visiting an Aunt who has Alzheimer’s. Georgie’s other Aunts, & Grandma are there too. They’re helping with the aunt who is sick, & with her diner. Georgie makes a friend at the diner, & she has a mystery to help solve. All while trying to do her part to help her aunt(& keep out of the trouble her new friend keeps getting her into lol). So many great themes in here, such as family, friendship, standing up for yourself & others, doing what’s right, honesty, & also righting wrongs. There’s discussions about racism that existed in the town back in the day, & the racism that still exists. Also, putting blame on those who don’t deserve it-just because of who they are related to for example. Just like the explanation of the title of book 1, when the title came into the dialogue towards the end of this one.. goosebumps. Brilliant, & brought tears to my eyes. Alzheimer’s really is a bully. I pray one day there will be a cure. How horrible to start to forget memories, everyday normal things around you, & those you love. It steals so much from the person who has it, but also from everyone who loves them. I loved what Georgie did to help, & loved seeing more of her & Nikki together. Their friendship warmed my heart so much. These are book hug worthy books for sure. I don’t know if there will be more, but I really hope so. Especially after that amazing ending! It wrapped everything up very nicely, but I’d love to see what the author would do next with all the changes happening in the characters lives. HIGHLY recommend! Gorgeous covers by Vashti Harrison too!💜

  3. 5 out of 5

    Melanie Dulaney

    Georgie doesn’t want to spend the summer away from best friend Nikki, but Mama needs to help her family care for Aunt Vie, whose Alzheimer’s is progressing more rapidly than they could have imagined. It is beginning to look like Bogalusa, Louisiana will have nothing to offer Georgie except for lots of chores around the house and entertaining little sister, Peaches, when Markie makes an appearance and suddenly, summer is full of sneaky trips to the outskirts of town to try and find Markie’s mom a Georgie doesn’t want to spend the summer away from best friend Nikki, but Mama needs to help her family care for Aunt Vie, whose Alzheimer’s is progressing more rapidly than they could have imagined. It is beginning to look like Bogalusa, Louisiana will have nothing to offer Georgie except for lots of chores around the house and entertaining little sister, Peaches, when Markie makes an appearance and suddenly, summer is full of sneaky trips to the outskirts of town to try and find Markie’s mom and a talent show to raise money and awareness of Alzheimer’s. These two main characters couldn’t be any more different—obedient and respectful vs. brash and defiant, loving family vs. long string of foster homes, has friends vs. avoids relationships. Using Georgie and Markie, Youngblood shows readers that there are always things that connect us and uniting for a cause is a strong foundation for a friendship. Adding Georgies best friend into the mix provides a little extra drama with lessons on kindness and acceptance woven seamlessly into this terrific follow up to Love Like Sky. Target audience is likely 4-6th graders and is free of all profanity, violence, and sexual content. Markie’s disrespectful attitude, disobedience and other less than desirable traits have consequences and her character shows evidence of change. Thanks for the print ARC, Amazon Vine.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Ms. Yingling

    E ARC provided by Edelweiss Plus After the events of Love Like Sky, Georgie (who still struggles with family members calling her G-Baby) finds herself traveling from her suburban Atlanta home and all of her summer plans to Bogalusa, Louisiana to help her Great Aunt Vie. Vie runs the local, popular diner, which Georgie's aunt and other friends and relatives have been helping to run since Vie is suffering from Alzheimer's, which is getting worse. Georgie hopes to work in the diner, but instead gets E ARC provided by Edelweiss Plus After the events of Love Like Sky, Georgie (who still struggles with family members calling her G-Baby) finds herself traveling from her suburban Atlanta home and all of her summer plans to Bogalusa, Louisiana to help her Great Aunt Vie. Vie runs the local, popular diner, which Georgie's aunt and other friends and relatives have been helping to run since Vie is suffering from Alzheimer's, which is getting worse. Georgie hopes to work in the diner, but instead gets stuck do household chores. When she goes to the diner, she find out that Markie is working there. Markie is a tiny bit old than Georgie, was born with a limb difference, and was in foster care with Vie, but is now with a woman named Roselle. She's not quite sure what happened with her mother, who abandoned her as an infant. When Georgie's best friend Nikki comes to visit, the two want to help Vie, and decide to put on a talent show to raise money for Alzheimer's research. This takes a lot of time, and Georgie is also helping Markie find out about her mother, consulting the library as well as local residents who are familiar with the town and the people in it. When Georgie and Markie's family lives turn out to be connected, will this change Markie's future?

  5. 5 out of 5

    Ms. Arca

    Leslie Youngblood deserves more press! She is such a talented writer and she is rocking this series and middle grade writing in general (and I read a ton of it). The characters are layered, navigating multiple feelings/wants/needs. She does a beautiful job writing authentic aged voices and the pushes and pulls of relationships, and especially shines writing that in friendships. She’s a must have middle grade writer and I’m so excited this series is continuing. This second one was fun with the th Leslie Youngblood deserves more press! She is such a talented writer and she is rocking this series and middle grade writing in general (and I read a ton of it). The characters are layered, navigating multiple feelings/wants/needs. She does a beautiful job writing authentic aged voices and the pushes and pulls of relationships, and especially shines writing that in friendships. She’s a must have middle grade writer and I’m so excited this series is continuing. This second one was fun with the three girls being so different from one another and some mysteries woven throughout. Love it. Definitely snag it for your classrooms for next year. This series is quality and truly deserves more readership and more selling press! Thanks to NetGalley and the publishers for an ARC in exchange for an honest review

  6. 4 out of 5

    Katie Reilley

    Heartwarming middle grade book about family, friendships, and the strength of a community coming together.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Michelle Kidwell

    Forever This Summer by Leslie C. Youngblood Little, Brown Books for Young Readers Children's Fiction Pub Date 25 May 2021 I am reviewing a copy of Forever This Summer through Little, Brown Books for Young Readers and Netgalley: Georgie has no idea what to expect when she, Mamma and Peaches are plopped down in the middle of small town US, also known as Bogalusa, Louisiana, which is where Mamma grew up and Aunt Vie is in need of constant care. Georgie wants to be able to help out at her once favorite Forever This Summer by Leslie C. Youngblood Little, Brown Books for Young Readers Children's Fiction Pub Date 25 May 2021 I am reviewing a copy of Forever This Summer through Little, Brown Books for Young Readers and Netgalley: Georgie has no idea what to expect when she, Mamma and Peaches are plopped down in the middle of small town US, also known as Bogalusa, Louisiana, which is where Mamma grew up and Aunt Vie is in need of constant care. Georgie wants to be able to help out at her once favorite dinner that served celebrities like the Jackson 5 and the Supremes, unfortunately everyone is too busy to show her the ropes and Mama is treating her like a baby, not letting her leave her sight. When she is finally allowed to leave on her own, Georgie makes friends with Markie, a foster kid who'd been under Aunt Elvie's care--who has a limb difference and a huge attitude. After Markie asks Georgie to help her find her mom, and suddenly summer has a real purpose. But when Georgie and Markie's histories begin to entwine, Georgie becomes more desperate to find the truth. But after words are spoken they cannot be taken back and once Georgie knows the truth, she may even find a way to right past wrongs and help Aunt Vie and Markie out after all. I give Forever This Summer five out of five stars! Happy Reading!

  8. 5 out of 5

    Natalie

    This is a middle grade story about a Black girl from Atlanta that goes to visit her great aunt in Bogalusa, LA. Her great aunt Vie has Alzheimer's and her mother is going to help care for her. Their family diner, Sweetings, was being run by Aunt Vie's sisters. Georgie (the main character) gets to know Markie, the 12.5 year old that helps work the diner and they become friends. Georgie struggles with trying to grow up and getting her mom Katrina, see that she needs some independence. She works to This is a middle grade story about a Black girl from Atlanta that goes to visit her great aunt in Bogalusa, LA. Her great aunt Vie has Alzheimer's and her mother is going to help care for her. Their family diner, Sweetings, was being run by Aunt Vie's sisters. Georgie (the main character) gets to know Markie, the 12.5 year old that helps work the diner and they become friends. Georgie struggles with trying to grow up and getting her mom Katrina, see that she needs some independence. She works to earn enough trust to help out at the diner with her grandma. Over time she decides to try and fundraise for Alzheimer's research, while helping Markie, a foster kid, find her mother. I loved Georgie, Markie and Nikki. I enjoyed getting to know them. There were important lessons written throughout, which included racism. I thoroughly enjoyed this book.

  9. 4 out of 5

    Everett

    I read the audiobook and the narrator did a great job distinguishing between the huge cast of characters and setting the various tones throughout the stories. A realistic fiction story about two girls with two very different life experiences joining together for a common cause, their Aunt V. A relatable story of trust-building in new friendships, testing the limits of old friendships, and the power of a community coming together. I would call this a character-driven book with a lot of detail int I read the audiobook and the narrator did a great job distinguishing between the huge cast of characters and setting the various tones throughout the stories. A realistic fiction story about two girls with two very different life experiences joining together for a common cause, their Aunt V. A relatable story of trust-building in new friendships, testing the limits of old friendships, and the power of a community coming together. I would call this a character-driven book with a lot of detail into backstories, emotions, and motivations. Sometimes the main character sounds less like a kid and more like an adult. The ins-and-outs of a fundraiser are sort of glossed over and can come off a little idealistic, but the message of "standing up for what you believe" is clear. This book is relevant and relatable. And though it is long, it is worth the read.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Lisa

    Georgie is spending the summer in Louisiana with her mother because her Aunt Vie who has Alzheimer's is in need of care. Georgie meets and befriends Markie Jean and becomes involved in helping her find her biological mother. She also decides to raise awareness of Alzheimer's with a community talent show. This is a charming story that explores friendship, family secrets, and activism. Both the characters and setting are wonderful. Georgie is spending the summer in Louisiana with her mother because her Aunt Vie who has Alzheimer's is in need of care. Georgie meets and befriends Markie Jean and becomes involved in helping her find her biological mother. She also decides to raise awareness of Alzheimer's with a community talent show. This is a charming story that explores friendship, family secrets, and activism. Both the characters and setting are wonderful.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Ms. Stephens

    I enjoyed this book and will add it to my activism unit-- nice that while the author & protagonist are Black, and there are certainly mentions of racism throughout the book, that's not the focus of the book or the activism (it's an Alzheimer's awareness book). Also cool to have a main character with a limb difference. I enjoyed this book and will add it to my activism unit-- nice that while the author & protagonist are Black, and there are certainly mentions of racism throughout the book, that's not the focus of the book or the activism (it's an Alzheimer's awareness book). Also cool to have a main character with a limb difference.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Reign_ 1982

    I love how these books are so relatable. Leslie brings topics that a lot of us think about but we don't converse on. I'm reading both of these books again. Peaches was my favorite character. She reminds me of myself. I love how these books are so relatable. Leslie brings topics that a lot of us think about but we don't converse on. I'm reading both of these books again. Peaches was my favorite character. She reminds me of myself.

  13. 4 out of 5

    Lydia Wallace

    What a great author. I didn't read the book before this one, but it didn't matter I jumped right into this loving story. What a endearing and unforgettable story of growing up, friendship, and the love of family. I really related to this story as I grew up in a foster home. A must read. What a great author. I didn't read the book before this one, but it didn't matter I jumped right into this loving story. What a endearing and unforgettable story of growing up, friendship, and the love of family. I really related to this story as I grew up in a foster home. A must read.

  14. 4 out of 5

    Becky

    Thanks to the author, publisher, and NetGalley for the arc of this title. Middle-grades readers will enjoy this story built around the themes of friendship, trust, and courage.

  15. 5 out of 5

    Wanda

  16. 4 out of 5

    Christina

  17. 4 out of 5

    Kasey Short

  18. 5 out of 5

    Katelyn Brown

  19. 4 out of 5

    Tiffany Banks

  20. 5 out of 5

    Michelle

  21. 4 out of 5

    ItsNasB

  22. 5 out of 5

    Nutan Mathew

  23. 4 out of 5

    Liz

  24. 4 out of 5

    essence

  25. 5 out of 5

    Christine Henderson

  26. 4 out of 5

    Kristin

  27. 4 out of 5

    Erika Hardison

  28. 4 out of 5

    Heather

  29. 5 out of 5

    MayorEmma

  30. 4 out of 5

    Cheryl Shults

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